Via West Seattle Blog, we learn that, almost five years after a fire almost destroyed it, the Alki Homestead (a.k.a. Fir Lodge) is back on the market for $1.85M. Constructed around 1904 as a country estate for Gladys and William Bernard, the log house overlooked Alki Beach back when it was remote and lacking any fish & chip shops. From 1950 to the 2009 fire, it was home to the Alki Homestead restaurant. In 1996, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society had the place named a Seattle Landmark. Thanks to some extremely hard work and perseverance on the part of a lot of people, the place is viable enough once more to put on the market.
Please note, the price tag doesn't include what it will take to rehabilitate the structure itself, which still needs a lot of work. However, the potential to revive one of Seattle's most notable 100-year-old-plus buildings is huge.
· Alki Homestead listed for sale, again [WSB]
· Alki Homestead [CBA]
· Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge [HistoryLink]
Photos: Joe Mabel